Friday’s blog a private peek, right?
This morning I visited a friend
who lives in a fabulous country house near here.
Beautiful outlook, wonderful gardens.
Just absolutely splendid.
Been there for many years.
Thing is, they’ve got new neighours.
Now these neighbours are a ways away, you understand.
Not next door in the common sense of the word.
They’ve decided they don’t want the deer on their land,
so they are erecting some serious deer fencing;
as far away as possible from their own outlook,
and therefore right in my friend’s view.
Which is such a shame, it really is.
Believe me when I tell you she could do without this aggro.
As she said herself, the deer have never been a problem.
They do damage plants, but they are part and parcel of living on the edge of the Wealden forest.
You live in the countryside, you expect deer.
You erect fences to keep animals safe, like sheep fences, to stop them escaping, getting out onto the roads and being hit by cars.
When I lived in Northern California, the deer used to come into the garden too. To me, that was wonderful.
But to erect ugly land dividers, just so that the deer won’t encroach on your country garden …
Harks back to the days of the Inclosure Act.
John Clare, The Peasant Poet, had something to say about it too,
in his poem
So I came home and made a simple card, with sheep and the sort of fencing which kind of enhance our wonderful countryside.
I believe that deer, whilst nuisance they may be,
are magnificent creatures – wild and free.